English and Drama

YEAR 6

Pupils engage in a variety of tasks which enable them to practise the word, sentence and text level skills outlined in the National Literacy Strategy as well as fulfilling the requirements of the National Curriculum.

The course includes the study of: extracts from “Boy” by Roald Dahl; a selection of extracts from other novels; short stories; poetry and short plays, as well as a wide range of non-fiction.

In Drama pupils are involved in a variety of Movement and Speech activities to establish basic skills and techniques.

 

YEAR 7 

The skills necessary to perform well in the National Curriculum areas of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing are practised at an appropriate level through a selection of topics and literature.

Topics include:  Language Study, Christmas Carol, Teen magazine, Romeo & Juliet, Encyclopaedia, and Group Presentations.

In addition, two of the following novels will be studied:  “Skellig”, “Holes”, “Tins” and “The Black Book of Secrets”.

Drama in Year 7 will involve role-play, improvisation and performance skills, including topics such as:  Storytelling, Character, Bullying, Circus and Survivor Island.

 

YEAR 8

The skills necessary to perform well in the National Curriculum areas of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing are practised at an appropriate level through a selection of topics and literature.

Topics studied include:  Media, Researching historical figures, In the News, Poetry, Journeys and various drama projects.

In addition, two of the following novels will be studied:  ‘Storm Catchers’; ‘Buddy’, ‘Fat Boy Swim’ and ‘Al Capone Does My Shirts’.

 

YEAR 9

The skills necessary to perform well in the National Curriculum areas of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing are practised at an appropriate level through a selection of topics and literature.

Pupils are encouraged to read a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, write in a range of styles, for varied purposes and with different audiences in mind, as well as to talk about issues with conviction and confidence.

As part of their course, all pupils study Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth.

In the second half of the Summer Term, pupils work on a GCSE bridging project in preparation for their Upper School work.